Bradley Gitz, the William Jefferson Clinton professor of international politics, was named the winner of the 2017 Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence at Lyon College’s commencement ceremony May 6.
Gitz joined the Lyon College faculty in 1994. A highly-respected professor, he regularly teaches courses in world politics, comparative politics and national security policy. Since 1999, he has also educated Arkansans across the state with his thought-provoking weekly political column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.
Gitz has served the College in a variety of leadership roles throughout the years, chairing the Humanities Division twice as well as a multitude of committees and advising student organizations such as the Highlander, the Social Council and the Model United Nations Club.
Gitz’s name will be engraved, along with those of the previous 36 winners, on a silver cup. He will also receive a stipend and deliver a scholarly lecture at a convocation during the 2017-18 academic year.
The Williamson Prize is awarded annually to a Lyon College faculty member deemed outstanding in four areas: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplification of humane and Christian values and contribution to the community.
Faculty and students solicit nominations in March, and the Board of Trustees selects a recipient in the spring on the recommendation of a selection committee. The selection committee consists of the chair of the Education Committee of the board, the president of the College, the dean of the faculty, the chair of the Faculty Assembly, the members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee and two students selected by the Student Assembly.
The Board of Trustees established the Williamson Prize in 1979 in memory of Lamar Williamson (1887-1974) of Monticello, Ark., a distinguished lawyer, businessman and civic and Presbyterian church leader who attended Lyon College from 1901 to 1903 and remained a friend of the College for the rest of his life. A memorial fund established by the late J. Gaston Williamson of Little Rock in honor of his father support the silver cup and stipend awarded to the Williamson Prize recipient.
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